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What to do & Who to contact

Exposure Hotline

The Exposure Hotline operates 24 hours daily for the provision of emergency care of acute exposures such as needlesticks.

In the event of a needlestick or blood borne pathogen exposure:

  • Call the Exposure Hotline Pager at 415-353-7842 (STIC)
  • Your call will be answered by a live operator who will connect you with the Exposure Hotline clinician.
The Needlestick Hotline Programs at UCSF, SFGH, and SFVA provide continuity of care to UCSF personnel who have an exposure at one location and then rotate to another site. This Needlestick Hotline Program Matrix provides guidance on hotline phone numbers, scope of services, and access to care directions at each location.

Medical Center Workplace Injury

Campus Workplace Injury

Infectious Disease Exposure

The UCSF Medical Center's Communicable Disease Exposure Policy provides guidance on the identification, reporting, and follow-up for staff, faculty, and students who have been exposed to a communicable disease in the UCSF Medical Center.

The UCSF Campus Exposure Plan provides guidance on the identification, reporting, and follow-up for faculty, staff, and students who have been exposed to a communicable disease outside the Medical Center setting. Contact UCSF Public Health Officer 415-514-3531.

Campus Research Exposure Protocols

Immunocompromised Worker
The The UCSF Policy for Immune Compromised Workers/Trainees in the Research Laboratory Setting indicates that all immunocompromised workers and trainees who work in research laboratories or handle animals receive education and training regarding infectious agents present specific to their work area and job duties.  As part of this training, information will be given regarding causes and risk factors for immune compromise. This information will be provided before starting work and on an annual basis thereafter. The UCSF Policy on Reproductive Health for Workers/Trainees in the Research Laboratory Setting mandates education and training regarding work place hazards and reproductive health for laboratory workers and trainees.
Specific educational information related to reproductive health is available.

Protocols in the Event of Accidental Exposure or Injury
Protocols for accidental exposure to specific agents can be found on the Environment, Health & Safety website.

Allergies to Laboratory Animals

Allergies to Laboratory Animals provides information about risk of developing an allergic reaction and symptoms of allergic reactions for UCSF personnel who work with laboratory animals.

UCSF Communicable Disease Management and Emergency Plan

The UCSF Occupational Health Program Communicable Disease Management and Emergency Response Plan describes enterprise-wide communicable disease surveillance, vaccinations, infection control, personal precautions, exposure screening, prophylaxis, and treatment, and emergency response to reduce the risk of exposure and the transmission of communicable diseases and to be compliant with regulationsThis Plan summarizes core responsibilities and links to specific policies within each of the individual OHP programs.